Staff Recommendations

A listing of staff proclivities, recommended by both past and present bookstore and publishing employees. Check back for new recommendations each month as we bring you the best of what we're reading or have read. Browse by title, author or staff member!



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New Waves
A Novel
Kevin Nguyen
Recommended by Paul

A wry and edgy debut novel about race and startup culture, secrecy and surveillance, social media and friendship.

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Sharks in the Time of Saviors
A Novel
Kawai Strong Washburn
Recommended by Paul

Sharks in the Time of Saviors is a groundbreaking debut novel that folds the legends of Hawaiian gods into an engrossing family saga; a story of exile and the pursuit of salvation from Kawai Strong Washburn.

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Apeirogon
A Novel
Colum McCann
Recommended by Paul

From the National Book Award-winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin comes an epic novel rooted in the unlikely real-life friendship between two fathers.

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Exhalation
Stories
Ted Chiang
Recommended by Daven

"Chiang produces a short story so rarely, each tale is a celebration of exactitude. With an architect's eye for structure, the patience and temperament of a chemist, and a physicist's understanding of the order and chaos that underlines our world and our lives, these stories are each a carefully wrapped creation."

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Inland
A Novel
Téa Obreht
Recommended by Anna

"The Sixth Sense meets True Grit. The main characters are a tough old woman and a Middle Eastern cowboy. And there's a child obsessed with something called 'the beast'. What more could you want?"

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The Wild Bunch
Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film
Recommended by Don

W.K. Stratton's definitive history of the making of The Wild Bunch, named one of the greatest Westerns of all time by the American Film Institute.

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Ghosts of Gold Mountain
The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
Gordon H. Chang
Recommended by Paul

A groundbreaking, breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now.

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Correspondents
A Novel
Tim Murphy
Recommended by Paul

From the author of Christodora, a whirlwind story about displacement from one's own roots, the violence America promotes both abroad and at home, and the resilience that allows families to remake themselves and endure even the most shocking upheavals.

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Lanny
A Novel
Max Porter
Recommended by Peter

Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. An entrancing new novel by the author of the prizewinning Grief Is the Thing with Feathers.

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Stony the Road
Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Recommended by Paul

A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.

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Sabrina & Corina
Stories
Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Recommended by Josiah

A National Book Award Finalist. Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West take center stage in this haunting debut story collection--a powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands.

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The Old Drift
A Novel
Namwali Serpell
Recommended by Paul

A stunning debut novel and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Ray Bradbury Prize, and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.

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Little Boy
A Novel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Recommended by Stacey

From the famed publisher and poet, author of the million-copy-selling collection A Coney Island of the Mind, his literary last will and testament -- part autobiography, part summing up, part Beat-inflected torrent of language and feeling, and all magical.

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Dark Constellations
A Novel
Pola Oloixarac
Recommended by Josiah

Argentinian literary star Pola Oloixarac's visionary new novel races from the world of 19th-century science to an ultra-surveilled near future, exploring humanity's quest for knowledge and control, and leaping forward to the next steps in human evolution.


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